Statue of Saladin


This fine statue of the Muslim hero Saladin (Salah ad Din) sits in the middle of a roundabout at the bottom of the town's main shopping street. Astride a rearing horse, sword in hand, this helmeted bronze figure is beloved by locals, who use the plinth as a popular meeting place.

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1. Karak Castle

0.36 MILES

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2. Ar Rabba Ruins

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The minimal ruins of this Roman temple date from the end of the 3rd century AD (two niches contained statues of the Roman emperors Diocletian and…

3. Lowest Point on Earth Museum

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4. Lot’s Cave

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Lot's Cave, a stiff 10-minute climb up a steep flight of steps, is surrounded by the ruins of a small Byzantine church (5th to 8th centuries), a reservoir…

5. Khirbet Tannour Temple

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6. Lot’s Wife

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7. Ein Bokek Beach

20.16 MILES

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8. Qatrana Castle

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